Polignano a Mare / Puglia / Italy

Wow. What a place. Polignano a Mare is a small town 5 minutes by train, the next stop north, of Monopoli. It’s also about half an hour by train south of Bari, in Puglia, the heel of the boot of Southern Italy. Polignano is much more touristy than Monopoli, however the tourists are almost 100% Italian, so it’s perfectly fine with us. It’s a very nice town. The old streets are winding and narrow and hot, just the way we like them. Everything is that southern Italian white limestone and sandstone. There are beautiful flowers and plants lining the streets and doorways, and in some areas picturesque graffiti covers the stones (see the pictures). And then, there is the beach. A little cove covered in large pebbles (not comfortable at all – in fact, painful to walk and lie on) – with perfect temperature water and people diving in from the cliffs above. It’s a piece of Southern Italian paradise and if you’re in the area, it’s definitely worth visiting and spending a day here. Wouldn’t spend any longer though, as there are a lot of people.

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